A month after having triggered a media flurry by assuring that PSG would henceforth travel “in sand yachting” to use the plane less, Christophe Galtier announced – more seriously – that the Parisians would go to Reims by coach, this Saturday. “We will travel by bus, even if the bodies are tired, explained the coach on PSG TV, before the press conference this Friday. It’s close to our house, we’ll be fine in our bus. »
PSG’s carbon footprint will therefore already be better than last season, when the team flew for all its trips in Ligue 1. Including to go to Reims (170 km) or Lille (220 km). But because there is still progress to be made, The Parisian told this week that the Parisian bus had made the round trip to Lisbon empty (3,600 km, anyway) simply to transport the players between the airport, their hotel and the Luz stadium.
Anyway, Lionel Messi will not have the leisure to taste this hectic road trip on the A4 this weekend. The Argentinian, released at the end of the match against Benfica on Wednesday, is forfeited because of a contracture in a calf. Same thing for Nuno Mendes, victim of a thigh injury and who will be absent between three to four weeks. PSG may also have to do without Kylian Mbappé for this 10th day. The striker has been suffering from angina since his return from Portugal, and the staff are waiting to see the evolution of the disease before making a decision on his presence in the group.